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Evelyne Bourton
Celtic Soprano and Actress

Evelyne Bourton - or Simply Eve - was born in Ireland and grew up in New Zealand and in both countries she exhibited passion and great talent for singing and the theatre. Her vocal training began with scholarships from the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, the Sir Donald McIntyre Trust and the Laura Coon Foundation at the University of Waikato. Eve attended Master Classes with soprano Virginia Zeani, soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano Mirella Freni and tenor Marcello Giordani. Her formal training continued when she was accepted into the prestigious studio of Maestro William Matteuzzi in Bologna, Italy. Eve's vocal potential developed quickly under Maestro Matteuzzi's guidance and she was a semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Competition for dramatic soprano voice and Eve won second in Corso Musicale - Citta di Filadelfia, Calabria.
Experience/Education
Eve has been involved in music and theatre as performer, director and producer for many years and in many types of entertainment. She has two recordings to her credit - selected soloist for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship CD, Journey to the Summit and Starlight, a CD with pianist Franceso Depoli. Eve has a Bachelor of Music with first class honours and a post-graduate diploma in linguistics
Engagements
Eve has performed roles in operas, musical theatre and chamber music. She has performed in concert with international stars such as flautist Viviana Guzman, guitarist Carlos Bonell, pianist Hyperion Knight and the renowned jazz duo of Esther Miller and Chantal Sanders. Eve developed a strong international fan base with a seven-month appointment as resident opera soloist on M/V Spitit of the top-rank Silversea cruise line of Monaco. Most recently, Eve has wowed audiences at concerts on the luxurious Willowbrook Park estate in Hamilton, New Zealand.


Current Projects
Eve is busy on many fronts. She is developing a one-woman cabaret and is preparing more recordings and videos. Eve is also planning a series of shows featuring her moving interpretations of Celtic music. Her vitality is unparalleled and her enthusiasm is totally infectious.
Commendations
Prof. Francois du Toit, University of Cape Town:
"Eve is an intelligent, sensitive artist with a wide palate of colour, versatility, flexibility and boundless energy in her singing. She is gifted at expressing the meaning of texts and the composer's intent with an ability to connect with and move the audience."
Virginia Zeani: "[Eve's] voice has great potential and I like her old world charm and good comedy."
Waikato Times: "A warm, exciting and engaging state presence."
Hyperion Knight: "Hearing Eve and her magnificent voice for the first time was a revelation. All the beauty and soul of the music came forth so naturally and sweetly - I couldn't imaging hearing it any other way."
Chantal Sanders: "This lady is powerhouse of charisma, charm and wit - all that before one mentions the beauty and expressiveness of her voice."
Waikato Times: "The strongest and most poignant showing was Eve Bourton who played the sarcastic and quick-witted Serpetta. Her feisty character won the hearts of the audience."
Esther Miller: "Eve brings her audience on a journey, not only with her stunning voice but with the life she brings to the stage in her songs, stories and witty banter."

Inspiration
Eve's inspiration is based on her belief that "music is the one true international medium that can transcend all human differences. It is the food and medicine for the soul. It's in music and theatre that we can bring out the inner child to play."
Operatic and Musical Theatre Roles:
Serpetta, La Finta Giardinera, Mozart
Libellule & Le Bergere XV, L'enfant et les sortiliege, Ravel
Hodel, Fiddler on the Roof, Stein
Soprano Solo, Christmas Carols, Benjamin Britten
Contessa Almaviva and Donna Elvira, Mozart Concert series
First Witch and understudy Dido, Dido & Aneas, Purcell
Mimi, La Boheme, Puccini (concert performance)
Stage Acting Roles:
Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams
Angustias, The House of Bernarda Alba, Lorca
Co-Direction
The House of Bernarda Alba
The Juiciest Moments of Opera
A Baroque Banquet